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  • Cristina Merrill 1:00 pm on 2018/04/24 Permalink
    Tags: a san diego romance, a scandalous deal, , don't call me cupcake, , , map of the heart, navy brides, , , , , tara sheets, the designs of lor randolph cavanaugh   

    Romance Roundup: Navy Love, Architects, and Cupcake Wars 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a lady trying to keep her family’s estate together, an architect who gets cozy with her new employer, and two competitive foodies who have the major hots for each other.

    The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh, by Stephanie Laurens
    Lord Randolph Cavanaugh doesn’t give a hoot of what society thinks. His biggest concerns are his business ventures and his family. (Randy, buddy, with high society being as snooty as it is, we can’t say we blame you!) He travels to Buckinghamshire to review an investment, which brings him face-to-face with Felicia Throgmorton. Her father died not too long ago, and she’s working really hard to keep her family’s estate together. (Randolph, you BETTER take her out for a fun night at the theatre!) They soon become crazy for each other, because Felicia is a smart and strong and awesome lady and Randolph is also smart and strong and awesome with a beautiful body to boot. This is the first book in Laurens’ new series, The Cavanaughs. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 24.)

    Map of the Heart, by Susan Wiggs
    History buffs will love Wiggs’ latest! Camille Palmer is finally settling back into a peaceful existence after the tragic death of her husband. She’s got a teenage daughter and a dad to look after, so she’s quite busy. (Camille, massages and champagne on all of us!) Then a mysterious package arrives, and the three of them go back to France, where Camille’s dad lived during World War II. Oh, and Camille meets a very handsome former naval officer during her travels. (Note to Camille: Find out ASAP if he kept his uniform!) A nice lady who gets another chance at love with a hunky man in the French countryside while surrounded by loved ones? Yes, we’ll all take that tale with a glass of wine and a chocolate croissant! (Available in paperback on April 24.)

    Navy Brides, by Debbie Macomber
    Two stories in one—and lots of sexy Navy men in sexy Navy uniforms! In “Navy Wife,” Lindy Kyle decides to start a new chapter in Seattle. (Some jerk broke her heart, so good for you, Lindy!) She ends up becoming roommates with Rush Callaghan, who is in between Navy gigs. Rush always thought the Navy would be his first love, but he soon realizes that Lindy is extremely awesome, too. Will their love survive when he gets called to duty again? In “Navy Blues,” a lady named Carol really, really, really wants her ex-husband, Lieutenant Commander Steve Kyle, to father a baby for her. (Navy life and the long absences it can entail took a toll on their marriage, but she knows he’d be the perfect co-parent.) Can they realize that they’ve always been perfect for each other and that they have GOT to reconcile for good? (Fingers crossed!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 24.)

    A Scandalous Deal, by Joanna Shupe
    Gilded Age romance alert! Lady Eva Hyde, unfortunately, has had three dead fiancés, so it doesn’t look like she’ll get married anytime soon. She decides to go to New York City to pursue her dream of being an architect. (Many thanks to you, Eva, and other women like you who helped pave the way!) During her boat journey she has a very, ahem, passionate encounter with a handsome man. When in New York, she realizes that said handsome man is none other than her new boss. Phillip Mansfield is willing to give Eva a chance on his new luxury hotel project, but he’s not prepared for the many, many feelings she stirs up in him. Here’s hoping that Eva manages to take the architecture world by storm—and that she and Phillip have many passionate nights in an edifice of her creation! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 24.)

    Don’t Call Me Cupcake, by Tara Sheets
    Bakery owner Emma Holloway likes to infuse the cupcakes she makes with good wishes. (Oh, and these good wishes work in a magical way, so Emma, we’ll all take ten!) Life is good, and then she meets Hunter Kane. Now, normally meeting Hunter would be A Good Thing, because he’s a Handsome Guy with Biceps Molded From Happy Tears. But Hunter, it turns out, is opening his own restaurant and bakery in town, so now he’s competition. (Hot, muscular competition, but competition nonetheless.) They soon discover they’ll need to work together for the town’s summer festival. This is difficult for our gal Emma to bear, because business is business and she’d like to be the town’s ONLY business, thank you very much. Then they start to connect in a very deep way. Can they work together? And will Hunter serve Emma sweets in bed wearing nothing but an apron? (Sorry, an apron AND a smile?) This is the first book in Sheets’ Holloway Girls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 24.)

    A San Diego Romance, by Kianna Alexander
    Christopher Marland is the president of the San Diego Millionaire Moguls, and he doesn’t really have time for any romance. (Oh, Christopher, just give us all a chance!) Then Eliza Ellicott comes back into his life, and seeing his first love again makes Christopher realize that yes, he is still capable of deep emotion and intense physical passion. (We all knew you had it in you, buddy!) As for Eliza, she’s willing to give Christopher a helping hand with his teenage daughter because she’s, like, a super duper nice person with a boutique to run. (Eliza, we will all be your most faithful patrons!) She’s not so sure about Christopher himself, though. Can Christopher prove to her that he’s a man worth keeping who can also show her a rowdy time in just about any place? This is the sixth book in the multi-authored Millionaire Moguls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    What romance novels are you swooning over this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:27 pm on 2017/08/10 Permalink
    Tags: , black sheep, , grand slam, heidi mclaughlin, , map of the heart, , , , , the flirtation, the forbidden, zara cox   

    Romance Roundup: Pastors, Naval Officers, and BDSM-Loving Nannies 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman and a pastor who really need each other, a widow about to get another chance at love, and two reunited lovers with some serious family issues.

    Any Dream Will Do, by Debbie Macomber
    Shay Benson did some very naughty things in order to help her brother avoid major trouble. (He never deserved your help, Shay!) That was years ago, though, and now she’s determined to rebuild her life. She meets Drew Douglas, a widower and pastor with two kids and, you know, a flock to lead. (Drew, buddy, sounds like you could use a nice woman in your life. I know a gal!) Unlike Shay’s brother and his shady acquaintances, Drew is, like, a super nice guy who has also been having a rough time. Shay, Drew, misery loves company, and guess what? When you two come together, you’ll realize that you don’t HAVE to be miserable any longer! Here’s hoping these two lovebirds soon realize that they can be super-duper happy together, and that Shay stays away from further family-related drama. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on August 8.)

    Map of the Heart, by Susan Wiggs
    History buffs will love Wiggs’ latest! Camille Palmer is finally settling back into a peaceful existence after the tragic death of her husband. She’s got a teenage daughter and a dad to look after, so she’s quite busy. (Camille, massages and champagne on all of us!) Then a mysterious package arrives, and the three of them go back to France, where Camille’s dad lived during World War II. Oh, and Camille meets a very handsome former naval officer during her travels. (Note to Camille: Find out ASAP if he kept his uniform!) A nice lady who gets another chance at love with a hunky man in the French countryside while surrounded by loved ones? Yes, we’ll all take that tale with a glass of wine and a chocolate croissant! (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on August 22.)

    The Forbidden, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
    Our gal Annie hasn’t ever really felt the feelings for any guy. (That is, she hasn’t ever really felt the feelings in her pants, if you know what I mean. Do you? You do? Okay, moving on!) Then her friends take her out for a night of fun and she meets Jack, who instantly makes her feel all of the feelings she never thought she’d ever feel. They have a very, very memorable night together, one that surely involves Jack using every trick in his book. (Oh, Annie, tell us more! Give us all of the savory details over a vat of wine and carb-filled appetizers!) Annie and Jack aren’t exactly in a position (hehe, “position,” LOL) to take their special relationship public, though. Can their love help them get to a place where they can have everything out in the open, and we can read all about it? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 8.)

    The Flirtation, by Tara Sue Me
    Lynne is working as a nanny for a couple named Nathaniel and Abby, and one day they invite her to a BDSM meeting. (Oh, if only all of our bosses could be so cool and stop inviting us to their band rehearsals because they are preparing for A Big Show that will give them their Big Break!) Lynne is no stranger to the world of dominants and submissives, though, and she’s ready to be part of the fun again. While surfing some steamy online forums, she comes across Simon, her former dominant, and she decides to stay anonymous while catching up on his activities. But staying anonymous with a guy like Simon is impossible. His scent alone makes the strongest woman want to drop panty. Will he be thrilled with his blast from the past? This is the tenth book in Me’s Submissive series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 8.)

    Black Sheep, by Zara Cox
    Axel Rutherford and his dad don’t exactly have the best relationship. It might be because Axel’s dad kind of, sort of, emotionally manipulated Axel’s girlfriend (and did much worse) when she and Axel were still very young. Years went by, and Axel still has major feelings for said girlfriend, Cleo McCarthy. Cleo hasn’t forgotten Axel, and if anything the years have made her want him back in her life even more. They’ve each got (newsflash!) some really weird and evil family members, so here’s hoping they manage to escape from it all for good. This is the second book in Cox’s Dark Desires series, which is perfect for romance readers who want heaping doses of darkness and intensity in their love stories. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 8.)

    Grand Slam, by Heidi McLaughlin
    Travis Kidd plays left field for the Boston Renegades, and many a man-admiring lady would be more than happy to pay top-dollar for seats that provide an excellent view. One admirer of his is Saylor Blackwell. She is a public relations guru for his team, but the powers that be have a “No Touching” policy when it comes to finagling with the players. Saylor, understandably, really wants to finagle with Travis, though. Then a scandal breaks, and they will really need to spend some time together. Sounds like they’ve got plenty to keep them busy—and strengthen their bond! This is the third book in McLaughlin’s Boys of Summer series. (Note to romance readers: These books can be enjoyed in any weather. Then they can be framed and each piece hung up as tasteful home décor.) (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 15.)

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